In annexation speech, Putin criticizes West for ‘centuries of colonialism’ and ‘looting of India’

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin railed against the West’s record on Friday, highlighting the US’s use of nuclear weapons in the closing days of World War II, then the centuries of “colonialism,” “slave trade” and the western nations `plunder of India`.

In his speech after the signing of treaties on the incorporation of four former Ukrainian regions into the Russian Federation – the beginning of the formal process of their accession – after the referendums conducted by Russia, he claimed that Russia is ready for talks with Ukraine, but “will defend our country with all the might and means at our disposal”.

He attacked the US, saying it is the only country in the world that has twice used nuclear weapons, destroyed the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan and set a precedent.

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“Even today they occupy Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea and other countries, while cynically calling them like-minded allies,” he said.

‘The West… began its colonial policy in the Middle Ages, then followed the slave trade, the genocide of Native Americans in America, the plundering of India, of Africa, the wars of England and France against China…

“What they were doing was drugging entire nations, deliberately exterminating entire ethnic groups. For the sake of land and resources, they hunted people like animals. This is contrary to the nature of man, truth, freedom and justice,” Putin said.

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